Twilight Zone Day celebrates the American TV series The Twilight Zone created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The original series, shot entirely in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.
Common Sense Media rates The Twilight Zone for ages 10+ and says, “Parents need to know that it might be hard to get kids to sit through episodes of The Twilight Zone. This classic TV show has complex, thoughtful scripts that require viewers to pay attention. The pacing is much slower than just about anything on the air today (even some adults who enjoyed the show when it originally aired say that it sometimes seems sluggish by current standards), and there are rarely any big action sequences. To top it off, the show was shot in black and white. But if you can convince your kids to follow an entire episode (and you usually have to watch the whole thing to really get the point), they should find themselves pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed it. Bottom line? It’s a classic for a reason.”
Twilight Zone Episodes
Here is a list of episodes that are better suited for kids (age 8+):
- All the Time in the World
- The Monsters are Due on Maple St.
- To Serve Man
- Eye of the Beholder
- Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?